Spurgeon Wins Third Straight Junior Title

  • By Sara Wells
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  • June 25, 2014 02:29 PM
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Mountaineer junior Garrett Spurgeon secured his third straight junior 3 positions victory Tuesday at the USA Shooting National Championships.
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia University junior Garrett Spurgeon won his third straight junior men’s 50m 3 positions Gold medal yesterday, at the 2014 USA Shooting National Championships, held at the Shooting Range of the United States Army Marksmanship Unit in Fort Benning, Ga.
The Canton, Mo., native finished with a two-day total of 2339, shooting 1164 on Monday and 1161 on Tuesday. He placed second in both days’ finals (443.8, 446.4), earning 14 points toward his total score.
Junior Patrick Sunderman finished 10th in the junior men’s 50m 3 positions with a two-day total of 2289. He shot 1152 on Monday and 1133 on Tuesday. He also earned four points toward his total with a fifth-place finish in Monday’s final (412.7).  
Redshirt-sophomore Jean-Pierre Lucas finished 12th in the discipline with a two-day aggregate score of 2287. He shot 1137 on Monday, 1145 Tuesday and 417.5 in Tuesday’s final, placing fourth and earning five points toward his total score.
Spurgeon placed sixth in the open competition with a 2329 score. He shot 1164 on Monday, 1161 on Tuesday and 419.4 in the final, placing fifth and earning four points toward his final score.
Senior Meelis Kiisk placed 15th overall with a 2306 (1156, 1150) two-day aggregate score. Classmate Thomas Kyanko placed 23rd overall with a 2295 (1145, 1150) score, while Sunderman (2285) and Lucas (2282) placed 28th and 29th, respectively.
Incoming Mountaineer Elizabeth Gratz placed 20th in the junior women’s 10m air rifle competition on Tuesday with a 811.4 (407.4, 404.0) score; the score put her 30th overall.
Of note, recent WVU graduate Chance Cover placed third in the men’s 50m 3 positions High A division and 19th overall with a 2299 two-day total, and 2010 Mountaineer graduate Bryant Wallizer placed 12th with a two-day total of 2311 (1154, 1157).
Featured competition over the next two days will include the men’s and women’s 50m rifle prone. The Championships conclude on Sunday, June 29.